German engineer Siemens is to build a $38.5m UK factory to produce car and plane parts with 3D printers. The plant will be built in Worcester, the Midlands home town of Materials Solutions, a 3D printing company that is 85% owned by Siemens.
The building is set to open in the Worcester Six Business Park Development in September 2018 and will increase the number of 3D printing machines operated by Materials Solutions from 15 to 50 over the next five years. It will create 55 jobs for engineers, metallurgists and manufacturing staff.
Materials Solutions’ machines print complete parts for the aviation and automotive industries, and it will make thousands of parts for Siemens’ Power & Gas Division.
Juergen Maier, Siemens UK chief executive, said; "If the UK’s manufacturing sector is to grow and thrive, we must embrace digital technologies and build new industries based on them.
"Our vision and ambition for Materials Solutions perfectly represents how we are putting this strategy into practice."
Earlier this month Siemens announced plans to invest £200m ($275m) in a state-of the-art train factory in Goole, northern England, "subject to the company’s success in major future orders".Â
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